Monday, August 10, 2015

Troutdale Museum and Friends

Jim and I have lived in our little town of Troutdale for almost 39 years. Our daughters went to our local grade school and had this wonderful man in the photo, Len Otto, as their teacher along the way. Over time, Jim and Len became fishing buddies! Len is now retired and his lovely wife Gloria is still teaching. They are good friends! Len grew up in Troutdale and is very active in the historical society. He has spent the last four years working on this very special exhibit about the Columbia River Highway. He contacted us last week to let us know he will be going in for heart surgery soon and wanted to show us the new exhibit that is now open. We all had today open for the grand tour.

We thought it would be fun to have a picture of Jimmy with our car at the exhibit for the future. The exhibit is in the barn and features the history of the highway in our part of the world.

It's hard for us to imagine a time when travel by car was something very special. It was fun to learn about the history of the roads in our area.

Along with the development of the Columbia Highway, came a variety of restaurants and yummy places for the travelers to eat. There were chicken restuarants, ice cream parlors and even a tea house.
This lady Margaret Henderson was known as the "server of the perfect dinner"....she had several restaurants. When one burned, she was raising money on the spot to build another one.

There was quite a display about Tad's Chicken and Dumpling's restaurant. It is still a favorite along the Sandy River. I really enjoyed all the vintage items.

This is the current and famous Tad's neon sign. It is one of our favorite places to dine in our area.

It's so cozy and I love all the wood inside. You can sit and look at the river but we like to eat by the fireplace in the winter.

Don't you love this little red car? It was hanging up above the displays in the corner.

The exhibit was very educational and entertaining. It was a delight to be there with our friends. We had lunch in downtown Troutdale. We are praying for our friend's surgery and speedy recovery. 

1 comment:

mamasmercantile said...

Sounds like a great time was had by you all, it certainly looks like a great place to visit. Loved all the vintage items particularly the red car, that would look good in my nursery the children would love it. Hope all goes well for your friend.